Revealing Research

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron

Join our Senior Curator, Georgina Grant, to look at a previously unseen archive of the Coalbrookdale Company ironworks. The archive contains some 750 orders undertaken by the Coalbrookdale Company in the late 19th- early 20th century for decorative and architectural ironwork such as railings, gates, lamp posts, verandas, fountains and vases. They contain original draughtsman drawings, blueprints, costings and correspondence with clients. Georgina has been cataloguing and researching the archive since October 2021, made possible through a Headley Fellowship with Art Fund.

Discoveries so far include a cast iron spiral staircase that was shipped to Japan, balcony railings that adorn some of the most exclusive apartments in London, and one story of embezzlement at the ironworks.

Many of the orders contain the names of former workers and would particularly welcome visitors whose families once worked at the Coalbrookdale factory.

This is a drop-in event with no booking required, running 10am-4pm on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September, at the Coalbrookdale Gallery - adjacent to Museum of Iron and Enginuity.

Revealing Research is part of the Coalbrookdale Heritage Open Days.

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